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Wednesday, October 5, 2011
World Teachers’ Day; Queen Rania joins Jordanian teachers to celebrate their day
Meets with longest serving teachers in the Kingdom
(Office of Her Majesty – Press Department- Amman) – Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah celebrated World Teachers’ Day, which falls on October 5th of every year, with a group of Jordanian teachers today. The Queen first met with a group of five of the longest serving teachers in Jordan, who spoke to her about their journeys in education, and the challenges they faced through their years of experience in the field.
In the event held at the Queen Rania Teachers’ Academy (QRTA), which was attended by 120 teachers from different public schools in the Kingdom, Her Majesty stressed the important and pivotal role that teachers play in the educational process, saying: “People always focus on how doctors treat people, engineers construct buildings, or politicians make decisions. But teachers educated them; they are the foundation for all other professions. It’s with teachers that future doctors, nurses, engineers, and politicians spend a third of their day during childhood. It’s teachers who put them on the path to discovering their career in the first place.”
One of the longest serving teachers in the country shared with the audience her lifelong experience with teaching and introduced them to one of her old students, who was inspired by her to become a school teacher as well; they now teach in the same school.
A group of students expressed their fondness of their teacher through a poem that they recited. A group of four teachers from different initiatives (Madrasati, Jordan Education Initiative (JEI), QRTA, and Queen Rania Awards for Excellence in Education (QRAEE)) talked about their involvement in these initiatives, and the moral and technical support that was provided to them by these initiatives.
QRTA’s ‘networks of professional development and communities of practice’, established in partnership with the Teachers College Columbia University (TC), has created an opportunity for teachers to gain technical and practical skills in Jordan’s public schools. This training is recognized as the most significant aspect that distinguishes QRTA from other teacher training programs.
To date QRTA has reached over 2,700 educators in the Kingdom. It has also made significant headway in areas of regional expansion. The Academy was nominated as a regional center of excellence by the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO); the World Bank; and the Qatar Foundation to be the host for the proposed Arab Regional Agenda on Improving Education Quality (ARAIEQ). Programs planned will include the “Teacher Policies and Professional Development” program.